Gauri Shinde is a well-known Indian film director of advertising and feature films. Gauri made her feature film directorial debut with the highly acclaimed ‘English Vinglish’ (2012) marking the comeback of late actress Sridevi. This film catapulted Gauri almost instantaneously into the A list of Feature Film Writer-Directors of India. The film premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival 2012 to a standing ovation. Besides a slew of awards, the film and she received, Gauri Shinde also got featured in the London based Financial Times’ 2012 list of '25 Indians To Watch'. In 2016 she wrote and directed the thought-provoking and very successful coming-of age drama ‘Dear Zindagi’ (2016) starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. . Once again, Gauri Shinde received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike including the New York Times, which called it “insightful” and a “sharply observed drama”. In addition to writing and directing features, Gauri has been an adfilm director, with more than 100 ad films as well as 2 award winning shorts to her credit. After spending a number of years at some of the most prestigious global advertising firms in India, Lowe Lintas being one. Gauri went freelance and now runs Hope Productions, alongside her husband and fellow filmmaker R. Balki.